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General Dynamics Awarded F-35 Lightning II Gun System

first_imgGeneral Dynamics Awarded F-35 Lightning II Gun System Contracts by Lockheed MartinNovember 17, 2008 2:00 PM ETCHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics GD, has been awarded two contracts by Lockheed Martin for the production of GAU-22/A gun systems for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft. The contracts have a combined value of nearly $9 million.According to General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products Gun Systems Program Manager Howard Brott, “Our GAU-22/A gun system serves a vital role in the F-35 aircraft’s tactical air-to-ground support capabilities. In addition, the 25mm GAU-22/A brings increased range in air-to-air engagements compared to the 20mm guns common on today’s fighters. The gun system’s high rate of fire and consistency are key features for future F-35 pilots, and its reliability contributes significantly to lower operating and aircraft maintenance costs.”The F-35 Lightning II internal gun system is based on a derivative of General Dynamics’ proven GAU-12/U 25mm Gatling gun. It will be used on the F-35 Conventional Take-off and Landing (CTOL) variant and will include the GAU-22/A gun and its associated components. General Dynamics is also developing an external gun system for other variants of the F-35.Production is scheduled to begin immediately and extend through August 2010 at General Dynamics’ Saco, Maine, facility, the company’s primary facility for production of single and multi-barrel aircraft and crew-served weapon systems. The Saco operations provide complete production capabilities, from design and development to manufacturing, testing and integration.Program management will be performed at General Dynamics’ Burlington, Vt.-based Technology Center, which is the company’s engineering center of excellence.General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,200 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available on the Internet at http://www.generaldynamics.com(link is external).SOURCE General Dynamics Armament and Technical ProductsCopyright 2008 PR Newswirelast_img read more

Indonesia’s COVID-19 death toll tops 200 as government warns of asymptomatic transmission

first_imgTopics : “We now believe the increasing number of cases come from sources [of infection] that are difficult to detect. We have noted that some sources are people who do not show symptoms,” Yurianto said on Monday.He said asymptomatic carriers spread the virus through droplets when they talked, sneezed or coughed, but that they themselves did not notice they had contracted the disease.“The real picture of the data we have collected shows that there are still sources of infection out there with asymptomatic carriers among the public,” he noted, adding that “There are also those prone to being infected because they don’t wear face masks or wash their hands.”With the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak not showing any signs of slowing, the government declared last week a nationwide public health emergency and implemented large-scale social restrictions aimed at curbing transmission of the virus. Indonesia’s death toll from the novel coronavirus disease topped 200 on Monday, with the government voicing particular concern about transmission from asymptomatic carriers as the number of positive cases continue to rise.Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto said 218 new cases had been confirmed on Monday, bringing the country’s tally to 2,491 following the testing of 11,242 samples nationwide.As many as 209 people have died of the contagious disease while 192 have recovered so far.center_img Among the measures, the government has ordered people to stay at home and not to go to schools, offices, places of worship or public places.Some regions, such as Bandung in West Java, Balikpapan in East Kalimantan and Tegal in Central Java, are temporarily closing major roads and introducing curfews as rising number of cases begin to be recorded in provinces outside Java.Jakarta, the national epicenter of the outbreak, recorded on Monday 101 new cases, taking the number of confirmed cases in the city to 1,232 — more than half of the country’s overall tally.West Java, the second-hardest hit region among the country’s 32 virus-hit provinces, has reported 263 confirmed cases as of Monday, followed by East Java with 189 cases, Banten with 187 cases and Central Java with 132 cases.With many health workers also being infected, the government is working to ramp up production of personal protective equipment amid an increasing shortage.Yurianto has also called on members of the public to wear face masks when outside their homes, explaining that cloth masks would suffice to prevent transmission.”Surgical masks and N95 masks are only for health workers. We can just use masks we make on our own, no less than four hours every day, and we have to wash them with soap,” he said.last_img read more

Charlotte and Kate fly the English flag

first_img Bibby loves the game and wants to make a career out of it. This summer she’s been testing her skills on the English amateur circuit and her results have included qualifying seventh in the English women’s match play and being knocked out only by the eventual champion.  Altogether, nine players beat par with impressive scoring on a dreary day punctuated by frequent showers. They included Thalia Kirby (Harleyford), Harriet Lynch (Thorndon Park) and Mimi Rhodes (Burnham & Berrow). In the U14 championship, Kate Bibby (pictured left) leads the way for England, two off the lead.  Pina Ortega, 14, played in last year’s championship but missed the cut. Today her driver and putter were on good form and she described her round as “Incredible.” Today she had three bogeys and a birdie. “It was ok,” was her verdict. “I could have played better by not missing some silly putts.” Heath’s round was her personal best and included two eagles on par fives. “I was just steady, took my chances when they came and scrambled well when I had to,” said the 15-year-old from Huddersfield (pictured top). She trains with an England U16 regional squad and has already won the 2017 Pleasington Putter, a prestigious women’s scratch event.  Yorkshire’s Charlotte Heath shot four-under par 68 to share the lead after the first round of the English U16 girls’ open championship at Blackmoor, Hampshire.  She’s tied with Finland’s Kerttu Hiltunen, while girl internationals Annabell Fuller and Caitlin Whitehead are a stroke behind.  Whitehead (Kendal, Cumbria) came in towards the end of the day with praise for the course. “If you hit it straight and down the middle you can score well. If you don’t it will penalise you, so it’s a fair course.”  8 Aug 2017 Charlotte and Kate fly the English flag Click here for full scores Fuller, 15, (Roehampton) has arrived at this championship fresh from the European Young Masters where she was third overall and helped England win the team championship.  In the companion U14 championship, the lead is held on level par 72 by Ana Pina Ortega, while England’s Kate Bibby shares fourth place on 74. She’s chasing three girls: the leader Pina Ortega and two players on one-over, Andreina D’Angelo of Italy and Elodi Nuvoloni of France.  Hiltunen, 14, was joint runner-up in last year’s U14 championship and hopes to go one better in the U16s – and has brought good form with her, having won the Finnish U16 championship earlier this summer.  She had five birdies in her round today but commented: “I didn’t hit it as well as I normally do, I’m going to go and sort that out, but I did have quite a lot of up and downs and saved a lot of shots by doing that.”  The 13-year-old is Dubai-based and very well-travelled, having also lived in the USA, England and Canada. She took up golf when she was eight, encouraged by her father, whose interest in golf was sparked by his college friend, Matt Kuchar.  She did exactly that today staying out of the heather, holing out well and, along the way, collecting an eagle three on the seventh and back-to-back birdies to finish.  Images copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: English U16 girls’last_img read more